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144 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH1 1NL, England
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Ranked #55 of 527 restaurants in Bournemouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $36 - $78
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: This vibrant restaurant in the Old Christchurch Road in Bournemouth is always bustling with a dynamic and diverse crowd. Ciao has become a favourite with locals for its unpretentious Italian fare and chic cafeteria style. With energetic red walls, brown leather banquettes and tiled floors, the dining room is welcoming and the staff are super-friendly. Best known for their menu of traditional pizzas and pastas, Ciao also offers a range of delicious salads and meat dishes. We love the honey and lemon chicken salad; the spaghetti con gamberetti ��� spaghetti topped with prawns, scallops, rocket and fresh herbs in a tangy chilli lemon sauce; and the tasty oven-baked peppers stuffed with lentils, cannelloni beans, red onion, spinach and rosemary.
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87% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Have been here a few times. Always reliable. Food can vary a little. Has been exceptional at times and average others. Good value though so always worth going back for a cheap meal out.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

Visited early last night so restaurant quiet.This was our 2nd visit & we were warmly greeted by the young waitress.We had booked & mentioned that we wished to use our Tastecard,a note of which had been made by the restaurant so no fuss.Not always the case ! The starters were very good,baked mushrooms for me & bruschetta for my fiancé.Our... More

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London, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Really good food (especially recommended for vegetarians), superb service. Menu has a few items from outside of the range of the usual Pizza Express/Zizzi/Ask/Strada-type chains, which was very welcome. Of the 4 restaurants I ate in during my recent Bournemouth stay, this one was the best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

After visiting ciao with friends last week for lunch I decided to return with my parents for my Birthday. From the welcome, additional birthday confetti on the table to the order being taken nothing was to much trouble. The food presentation & taste is 100% & would recommend ciao to anyone Sonny the owner was also very friendly & knowing... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

All our party had really good meals. The chicken and steak dishes were great. The only down side was how quiet it was in there so little atmosphere. Lovely attentive staff.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Had a lovely meal here the other night. To be fair, the resturant wasnt busy so the service we got was maybe a little more attentive than 'normal', but the food really was great. This is a family owned resturant and that really shows with a unique ambiance and a fabulous menu. The hostess couldnt do enough to look after... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

This was my first time in a Italian restaurant, I loved everything about it. Our table was booked for 7, we turned up 5 minutes early, the manager gave us 2 for 1 starter which ends at 7 o'clock, great start, the starter and main was amazing, very reasonably priced, I would go back again

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Quite by chance, happened upon this charming restaurant. The service was perfect, our waiter was very new but had beautiful manners.The cocktails were lovely, the chilli prawns and stuffed chicken breast with veg and saute pots was beautifully cooked and seasoned. The wine was just to our taste too. We eat out a lot and this restaurant is by far... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Really enjoyed this restaurant although the menu not large it catered for a gluten free diet of which we had someone in our party and they were very keen to get that right. Beautifully presented food and good quality. They often have deals, early dining 2/1 making it very reasonable.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I chose this restaurant as I had been there on a previous visit to Bournemouth. The service wasn't amazing - waited almost an hour for starters but they were worth the wait! However, sadly the main courses weren't that wonderful - my partner had chicken which was quite dry and bland and I had a veggie pasta dish. One thing... More

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